Since then the only noticeable differences are that present day watchmakers are experimenting with new materials like carbon, alloys, bronze and even concrete. Other characteristics that have changed are mainly aesthetic. For instance, case shapes are more innovative and dimensions have expanded. Here are five modern examples, which illustrate the evolution of watches in general.

 

 

Azimuth Gauge Mecha-1 BMF

Azimuth Gauge Mecha-1 BMF

 

In the general history of timepieces Azimuth is a relative newcomer. The company was originally founded in 2003 by Alvin Lye and Christopher Long. The Gauge Mecha-1 BMF is from their exciting Avant-Garde SP-1 collection. Dimensionally the watch has a well proportioned 316L stainless steel case that measures 50mm x 43mm. What makes this timepiece really stand out is the way time is presented. Minutes are displayed in a retrograde arc and hours, chronograph, seconds on four sub dials. Powering the watch is a Swiss made Valjoux (ETA) 7750 mechanical self-winding movement.

 

 

 

 

B.R.M Mk-44-Abl

 

B.R.M Mk-44-Abl

 

B.R.M (Bernard Richards Manufacture) are a high end French watchmaker. All of their creations have a distinctive appearance and are created for the motor sport enthusiast. The Mk-44-Abl is a really interesting model in the general history of watches because of the unusual choice of materials. This incredible timepiece is constructed from Makrolon®, which is normally used in the side windows in advanced race cars. At only 48.80 grams it also makes this watch the lightest mechanical chronograph in the world. Beneath the transparent exterior lies a 25-jewel Swiss self-winding movement.

 

 

 

 

 

Graham Chronofighter Prodive



Graham Chronofighter Prodive


Luxury Swiss brand, Graham is inspired by the history of timepieces and derives its name from 17th century watchmaker George Graham. The Chronofighter Prodive is one of their more eye catching models and is designed for the professional diver. Dimensionally the watch is well proportioned and has a case measuring 45mm. What makes this timepiece so striking is the innovative chronograph trigger system. Other features include an attractive multi-layered dial with raised indexes, date window and power reserve indication. At the heart of the watch is a refined Swiss made automatic mechanical movement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fortis Aviatis Daybreaker Stealth Chronograph



Fortis Aviatis Daybreaker Stealth Chronograph


In the history of timepieces Fortis has played an important role. Over the last 100 years the company has produced an exquisite range of watches designed for the discerning. One of their most exclusive timepieces to date is the fantastic Aviatis Daybreaker Stealth Chronograph. This watch displays classical proportions and has a 316L stainless steel case measuring 43mm. Functionally the watch features hours, minutes, seconds, day/date, GMT indication, chronograph timers and alarm. Beneath the intricate façade lies a sophisticated 39-jewel self-winding twin barrel mechanical movement